In Scotland winter maintenance operations are delivered from October until May - an extremely busy period for Amey's winter team. The Ayr depot is responsible for sections of the A76, A77 and A78.
A squad of five Amey gritters, based at the Ayr depot, are continually at the ready to react to met-office advance weather forecast information.
The information is analysed and processed by Amey's duty winter maintenance engineer who studies weather patterns predicted for the forthcoming week, day and hours.
Additionally, the Trunk Road Incident Support Service vehicles (TRISS) are on standby, ready to respond to incidents. Click here
for more information about TRISS.
The duty maintenance engineer makes critical decisions to deploy the fleet of gritters along the length of the route, to salt, patrol and plough as necessary, 24 hours of the day.
Play Your Part - Winter
Despite the high level of service provided it is important to remember that there will be times when the A77 will not be completely free of snow and ice.
Sudden weather changes can occur and you should be aware that:
- Access to the A77 will not always be possible
- It takes time for salt to become effective
- Rain can wash salt off the road
- In extremely low temperatures salting will not always prevent ice forming
For winter driving advice click here